15 Effective Ways To Grow Hair Naturally

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Saloni Vora-Gala, MBBS, DDV
By Ramona Sinha, Certified Skin Care Coach

Growing natural hair and retaining its length can be a challenge. If you are wondering how to grow hair naturally after the big chop, we can help. Usually, natural hair is extremely fragile and breakage-prone. It has a slow growth rate, and multiple factors may affect overall hair health.

Do not worry. Growing natural hair and retaining its length is easy if you follow the right hair care practices. Keep reading to discover the 15 essential hair care tips that will help you grow the curls safely.

How To Grow Healthy Natural Hair

1. Co-Wash To Prevent Dryness

Natural hair is fragile and breakage-prone, and as a result, it can be challenging to retain its length. Co-washing (conditioner-only technique) can keep it moisturized for longer, especially in colder climates. Co-washing also helps you maintain the hair’s natural texture and curl definition.

2. Shampoo When Needed

Frequent shampooing can strip the natural oils, while an infrequent hair washing routine can cause buildup and hair fall. The key is to strike a balance. Wash your hair 2-3 times a week and co-wash in between. This will help maintain a clean and healthy scalp, which is crucial for your hair health.

3. Go For Deep Conditioning Treatments

For strong, soft, and shiny curls, weekly deep conditioning is a must. A good deep conditioner replenishes moisture and nutrients, minimizes hair breakage, and helps your hair grow longer.

4. Detangle Carefully

Do not use your hair brush as a weapon against those knots and tangles. Aggressively detangling dry and unconditioned hair can damage the strands, make them frizzy, and cause breakage.  Always use a detangling brush and start from the hair ends, working your way up. Ensure that your hair is moisturized and conditioned while detangling. This is crucial to maintain long and healthy natural hair.

5. Say No To Your Cotton Towel

Drying your hair with a cotton towel can be harsh for fragile type 3 and 4 hair. Rubbing your curls causes friction, frizz, and breakage. Instead, use a microfiber towel to squeeze out extra water and pat your hair dry.

6. Avoid Excessive Heat Styling

Excessive heat styling can make your hair brittle and dry. Avoid using heat styling tools like hair straighteners, curling irons, and blow dryers. If styling is necessary, apply a heat protection spray or serum and use the lowest heat setting.

7. Protect Your Baby Hair

The edges are more prone to damage. Make sure you protect your edges and care for them too. Use leave-in serums to keep the baby hair strands nourished and healthy.

8. Go For Regular Trims

Although this tip may seem counterintuitive, trimming your ends will help your natural hair grow longer. Regular trims eliminate split ends and knots and promote healthier and faster hair growth. Trim your hair every 4-5 months to keep your Afro-textured hair looking healthy.

9. Follow The LOC Method

The liquid, oil, and cream (LOC) method is a way to prevent moisture loss and keep the hair smooth and soft. It involves using a leave-in conditioner or water-based product to hydrate the hair, followed by hair oil application to lock in moisture and applying a cream-based product to close the hair cuticles. This method reduces frizz and makes your hair soft and manageable.

10. Switch To Protective Styling

A protective hairstyle prevents unwanted hair damage and is the best option when you are trying to grow your hair. Pick a hairstyle according to your hair type. You may go for box braids, cornrows, and bantu knots. However, get them done professionally to avoid rough handling and breakage.

11. Use A Satin Scarf Or Pillowcase

Satin scarves and pillowcases minimize friction while you twist and turn in your sleep. This minimizes hair fall and breakage.

12. Use Nourishing Hair Products

Choose shampoos and conditioners according to your scalp and hair hair type. If you have an oily scalp and hair, you can use products that contain sulfates. Use sulfate-free products if you have frizzy and chemically treated hair. Opt for products that contain plant oils, keratin, and ceramides. Understand which components work for your hair type and read the ingredient list before buying any product.

13. Pre-Poo Your Curls

Pre-poo involves massaging your scalp with a nourishing hair oil before shampooing. This pre-treatment makes your hair softer and prevents excess moisture loss while shampooing. Use nourishing oils like coconut, castor, and argan oils to strengthen your hair shaft.

14. Opt For ACV And Beer Rinses

If your hair is starting to look dry or lacks enough moisture, you can use beer or apple cider vinegar as a post-wash rinse.  They help maintain the scalp pH, clean product buildup, and add shine to your hair. However, always dilute the ACV with water before using it.

15. Follow A Balanced And Nutrient-Rich Diet

Your hair health is related to your overall health, and a nutritious diet can help boost faster hair growth and maintain healthy locks.  Consume foods rich in iron, biotin, fatty acids, vitamins A, D, and E, folic and amino acids, niacin, antioxidants, and proteins to prevent hair loss (1)
. These nutrients and antioxidants regulate scalp moisture and reduce oxidative stress to maintain hair health. You may consume foods like green leafy vegetables, seafood, poultry (eggs and chicken), nuts and seeds, and whole grains. You may take supplements after consulting a doctor.

Natural hair is extremely fragile and breakage-prone. And growing kinky and coily hair long and retaining its length demands patience and consistency. To grow natural hair, you must be consistent with your hair care routine, pay close attention to its needs, and use protective styling to minimize breakage. Follow the tips discussed in the article to care for your naturally coily and kinky hair. Above all, consume a healthy diet, drink plenty of water, and maintain scalp hygiene. You may also consult a doctor and take vitamin supplements that support healthy hair growth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does rice water grow hair?

Yes. Studies show that rice water may be useful in enhancing hair growth and treating hair loss issues (2).

What oil makes hair grow fast?

Peppermint, jojoba, lavender, and coconut oils work wonders for providing nourishment to hair and protecting it against damage (3), (4), (5). Therefore, they may help promote hair growth.

What causes hair to grow fast?

The speed of hair growth in an individual is determined by their genetic make-up. This speed could be affected by various factors like age, pollution, stress, diet, medical conditions, etc. Consult a doctor, and they may advise you to change your diet or prescribe vitamin and nutrient supplements to improve hair growth.

Does aloe vera grow hair?

Aloe vera may promote healthy hair growth. Studies have shown that aloe vera has properties that could ensure good health of hair (6). Anecdotal evidence suggests using aloe vera is good for hair growth.

Is it good to sleep with oil in your hair?

No. Leaving oil in your hair for one-two hours is good enough. It is okay to sleep with oil in your hair once in a while, but it is best not to make a habit of it as the oil could form a seal over your scalp, clog the pores on your scalp, and result in buildup.

Does oiling hair make it grow faster?

There is not enough scientific research to prove that oiling your hair can make it grow faster. It only nourishes and strengthens your hair to promote healthy hair growth.

Key Takeaways

  • Co-washing can keep the hair moisturized for longer, helps maintain the hair’s natural texture and curl definition, and reduce dryness and breakage.
  • Moisturize and condition the hair before detangling to avoid breakage, which is the biggest challenge faced with natural hair length retention.
  • Regular trims every four to five months can help to eliminate split ends and knots and promote healthier and faster hair growth.

Sources

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  1. Diet and hair loss: effects of nutrient deficiency and supplement use
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5315033/
  2. Rice bran mineral extract increases the expression of anagen-related molecules in human dermal papilla through wnt/catenin pathway.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5727428/
  3. Peppermint Oil Promotes Hair Growth without Toxic Signs
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4289931/
  4. Hair Growth-Promoting Effects of Lavender Oil in C57BL/6 Mice
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4843973/
  5. Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12715094/
  6. ALOE VERA: A SHORT REVIEW
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2763764/
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